Small Plate: Psychedelic Heirloom Tomato & Goat Cheese Salad
Love and peace, Hippies. The tie-dye colors of orange, red and green heirloom tomatoes are made even more vibrant with a kaleidoscope of flavors.
Enjoy clouds of bright white goat cheese, floating leaves of green basil, swirling circles of red onions and groovy half-moon shaped kalamata olives. Taste the shapes and colors of summer and fall with this heirloom and goat cheese psychedelic salad recipe.
Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad Recipe
Heirloom tomatoes, sliced
Fleur de Sel and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Kalamata olives, quartered
Goat cheese, crumbled (recommend Lynnhaven Farm)
Red onion, thinly sliced rounds
Micro basil, garnish
Champagne basil vinaigrette (recipe, below)
Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad Directions
1. Shingle heirloom tomatoes in a long row. Top, lightly, with fleur de sel. Add kalamata olives, red onions and goat cheese. Lightly drizzle basil vinaigrette and garnish with basil.
Basil Champagne Vinaigrette Ingredients
2 Sprigs of thyme, leaves picked
1 Bunch of basil
1 Cup olive oil
1/3 Cup of champagne vinegar
2 Cloves garlic, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Basil Champagne Vinaigrette Directions
1. Combine champagne vinegar, garlic, 2 sprigs of thyme leaves and seasonings. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Taste and adjust seasoning. Blanch (place in boiling water for 5 seconds, then place in ice water) basil and steep in vinaigrette for 30 – 60 minutes.
What seasonal foods are you eating in September?